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Monk: Atlas - An Opera in Three Parts
 : Monk: Atlas - An Opera in Three Parts



from: Ecm Import




Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Binding: Audio CD
EAN: 0028943777322
Format: Original recording reissued, Import
Item Dimensions: 10050045575
Label: Ecm Import
Languages: EnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: Ecm Import
Number Of Discs: 2
Number Of Items: 2
Publisher: Ecm Import
Release Date: April 18, 2000
Studio: Ecm Import




Disc 1:
  1. Atlas: Part I: Personal Climate: Overture (Out of Body 1)
  2. Atlas: Part I: Personal Climate: Travel Dream Song
  3. Atlas: Part I: Personal Climate: Home Scene
  4. Atlas: Part I: Personal Climate: Future Quest (The Call)
  5. Atlas: Part I: Personal Climate: Rite Of Passage A
  6. Atlas: Part I: Personal Climate: Choosing Companions
  7. Atlas: Part I: Personal Climate: Airport
  8. Atlas: Part II: Night Travel: Night Travel
  9. Atlas: Part II: Night Travel: Guides' Dance
  10. Atlas: Part II: Night Travel: Agricultural Community
Disc 2:
  1. Atlas: Part II: Night Travel: Loss Song
  2. Atlas: Part II: Night Travel: Campfire - Hungry Ghost
  3. Atlas: Part II: Night Travel: Father's Hope
  4. Atlas: Part II: Night Travel: Ice Demons
  5. Atlas: Part II: Night Travel: Explorer #5 - Lesson - Explorers' Procession
  6. Atlas: Part II: Night Travel: Lonely Spirit
  7. Atlas: Part II: Night Travel: Forest Questions
  8. Atlas: Part II: Night Travel: Desert Tango
  9. Atlas: Part II: Night Travel: Treachery (Temptation)
  10. Atlas: Part II: Night Travel: Possibility of Destruction
  11. Atlas: Part III: Invisible Light: Out Of Body 2
  12. Atlas: Part III: Invisible Light: Other Worlds Revealed
  13. Atlas: Part III: Invisible Light: Explorers' Junctures
  14. Atlas: Part III: Invisible Light: Earth Seen From Above
  15. Atlas: Part III: Invisible Light: Rite Of Passage B
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Editorial Review:

Amazon.com:
Threading together Meredith Monk's various guises in the world of avant-garde performance art (from dance and mime to multimedia explorations) is her sensibility first and foremost as a composer, one who creates from the musical imagination's love of pattern and texture. And in Atlas, her full-length opera commissioned by Houston Grand Opera and premiered in 1991, Monk brings together several decades' worth of pioneering ways of expression. Yes, this is an opera involving almost no text and presenting a nonlinear, dreamlike collage in lieu of traditional narrative, but an opera all the same in the centrality of the human voice as the source and vehicle for conveying a dazzling multiplicity of states (Monk herself describes her use of the term "opera" to capture "the multiperceptual, mosaic form that I was envisioning.") Based quite loosely on the travel writings of Victorian adventurer Alexandra David-Neel, Atlas involves the journey of an Everywoman as an analog for spiritual questing, for a movement from the outer world to an inner, lost, or forgotten dimension. Monk's trademark work in "extended vocal technique" (work that links her with such other mavericks as Laurie Anderson and Joan La Barbara) is the basis for the opera's sound world, and she's trained her fellow cast members (Monk herself performs one of the three stages in the life of Atlas's heroine) to attain the remarkable flexibility required for its strangely beautiful, magnificently ranging variety of vocalise--from complex, microtonal, birdlike imitations to Tibetan chanting and quivering ululation. The repetitive, always slightly changing patterns of the melodic cells might be pigeonholed as "minimalism" (a term Monk, like Steve Reich, abjures), but this would be an unnecessary reduction for the fantastically original and appealing, rhythmically subtle, and unexpected fabrics that Monk weaves--with spare accompaniments by a chamber-size orchestra and the exotic colorings of glass harmonica. The booklet contains color photos of the original production--but even without the theatrical experience, Atlas comes through as a haunting and uniquely beautiful vision of the untapped possibilities of the lyrical stage. --Thomas May



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